Avondale wants public opinion on downtown redevelopment plans

Posted by Decaturish.com June 19, 2017

File photo showing a row of store fronts in Avondale Estates obtained via Facebook.

By Ellie Ritter, contributor 

After receiving 10 design submissions for the city of Avondale Estates’ downtown redevelopment project, the Avondale City Commission and Downtown Development Authority want to hear the public’s opinion on the concepts, according to a city press release.

Between May 15 and June 7, the city accepted design ideas for four acres of city-owned land in the downtown area. The specifications for the designs included maintaining certain existing elements, such as including the building at 90 North Avondale Road, and conforming to the city’s zoning ordinance.

The submissions were not a part of a competition, but “an opportunity for the creative minds in and around Avondale Estates to inspire the [city] with exciting designs,” according to the submission instructions.

By requesting submissions, the city hopes “set a good example for all future development” and create a more engaging design.

All submissions can be viewed on the city’s website.  The City Commission and the Downtown Development Authority encourage the public to view the design ideas and submit a public comment form, also on the city’s website. Once the city selects the design, officials will draft a plan for implementing the development, the city said.

Comment forms should be sent via email to City Clerk Gina Hill at ghill@avondaleestates.org, faxed to 404-299-8137, or hand delivered or mailed to Avondale’s City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza.

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